By Truth Esguerra, Correspondent
Filipino Boxing Legend Manny"Pacman" Pacquiao has signed on to fight undefeated No. 2 world-rated contender Jeff "The Hornet" Horn and defend his WBO welterweight title on July 1 at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.
"Manny has been a pioneer, bringing world title fights to Cowboys Stadium, The Venetian Macao's Cotai Arena and now Suncorp Stadium. We're boxing's version of Lewis & Clark, discovering new markets," said Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum. " Manny knows who will be the crowd favorite on July 1, but he can't wait to give Australia and the world a great performance. It's going to be unbelievable event."
Pacquiao, who has not fought since defeating World Champion Jessie Vargas last November in Las Vegas, was rumored to fight Amir Khan this April but the fight failed to come into fruition.
The 38-year-old Filipino boxing icon will be facing the 29-year-old Horn, who will be fighting Pacquiao for his first World Championship bout.
Pacquiao will remain the heavy favorite in this fight despite fighting in Horn's hometown.
The Brisbane native will be entering the bout having won his last three fights, all in 2016, against Ali Funeka, Rico Mueller and Randall Bailey inside the distance. They had a combined record of 105-14-4 when he fought them.
Horn is currently on a 13 fight win-streak and is currently ranked the best Pound-for-Pound boxer in Australia.
At one point in his young career,Horn unified the WBO, WBA, and IBF regional championship belts.
The Australian boxing contender has a record of 16 wins (11 KOs), and 1 draw.
Pacquiao has a record of 59 wins (38KOs), 6 losses (3 KOs), and 2 draws.
The battle between Pacquiao and Hornwill be promoted by Top Rank and Duco Events.
"The Battle of Brisbane" is expected to attract 55,000 fans and a record pay-per-view audience inAustralia. It will also be seen streamed live in the US.